Aside from being stinking adorable, another great reason to cloth-diaper is its impact on the environment. With the Earth's landfills overflowing, choosing cloth can make a huge reduction in waste. After all, it can take up to 500 YEARS for a disposable diaper to biodegrade. That's right. 500 years! Imagine how many billions of diapers are sitting in landfills around the world...This number grows and grows every single day. Not to mention all of the chemicals found in disposables that are now finding their way into our soil and water supplies. Pretty gross, huh?
Speaking of chemicals, cloth-diapers don't contain any. This is another great reason to make the switch! Many babies have gotten horrible rashes from the chemicals found in disposable diapers. With cloth, babies actually get less rashes, since their delicate skin isn't exposed to any harsh chemicals, fragrances or dyes. As a matter of fact, the only time my babies have gotten rashes with cloth is when my bonehead husband did the diaper laundry wrong, using WAY too much detergent, several times in a row. We couldn't figure out what was wrong, and I finally figured it out when he told me he was using a whole scoop of detergent, sometimes more! This can actually cause the diapers to not rinse clean fully, due to a detergent build-up. This can create rashes, nasty odors, and general funk. Needless to say, he is no longer in charge of washing our diapers. (Although it sure was nice of him to offer!)
Anyway, there are obviously a ton of great reasons to consider cloth-diapering. One of the things that tends to scare people off is the initial cost of cloth. Many, many diapers cost $20 each or more! For a family watching their finances, this can be a major problem. However, there are affordable options available. You just need to know where to look for them!
I'd like to introduce you to my next sponsor for the Baby Birthday Bash! Lotus Bumz is a great online retailer that specializes in making cloth-diapering easy and affordable for everyone! Lotus Bumz carries a large selection of pocket diapers in a ton of fun colors and prints sure to make your baby the cutest tot on the block. They also carry wet bags and extra inserts, making them a one-stop shop for all of your fluffy needs. One of the things I like best about Lotus Bumz is that they even offer bundle packages to help you save even more. You can choose 3-packs, 12-packs, or even a massive 24-pack of diapers! (For cloth newbies, 24 diapers would be enough to build an entire stash, as long as you do laundry every couple of days!)
The nice thing about these diapers is that they are OS (one size) and can easily be adjusted to fit babies from about 9lbs up to around 30lbs. Exact weights will of course depend on your baby's build. Adjusting the size is as simple as snapping it down to adjust the rise.
Take a look!
Sophia, 2 years old
I first tested my Lotus Bumz pocket diaper during the day. Sophie is a very, very active toddler and is always running, climbing, jumping and going nuts. She actually gives the playful monkey featured on the diaper a run for his money! While I love my daughter's rambunctious nature, it has been a problem before with her diapers. You see, she tends to get "wedgies" sometimes when she climbs, and this has caused minor leaks. Thankfully, this doesn't happen often and is usually avoided by choosing a diaper that fits well. Luckily, the Lotus Bunz diaper fits her very well and stayed in place while she did her usual Tazmanian Devil routine. No leaks during the day, and the diaper didn't leave any uncomfortable red marks on her little thighs. Daytime? Success!
Night time is a little trickier for my Sophie. She tends to be a heavy wetter. So I opted to use 2 microfiber inserts in the diaper rather than 1. I have found that this is necessary no matter what diaper I use on her at night. So we did our usual bedtime routine and Sophie had her sippy full of milk and a nice warm bath. Then I put the Lotus Bumz pocket diaper on her, got her in her PJ's and put her to bed. In the morning, I noticed that her clothing was dry. This is always a good sign! The outside of the diaper was dry, too! No leaks! I did notice that around the leg-openings there was slight dampness, but this is not at all uncommon with Sophie. What matters is that it didn't make its way onto her clothing. This diaper did a pretty good job keeping wetness in the diaper, even with a very heavy wetter! I would definitely recommend using an additional insert, though.
Xander, 1 year old
We call our 1 year old Xander the "Poop-Monster". And for good reason! He poops a lot. And it's not normal poop, either. Oh no. Not my little man! When he goes it's a stinky, sticky mess! One that often creeps its way outside of his diapers, usually up the back or out of the leg openings. (Yuck!)
I tested the Lotus Bumz diaper on him during the day first, just as I did with Sophia. Xander is pretty active, too, as you can see from the fact that he is trying to climb onto the coffee table! I got a great fit using this diaper, and snapped it down one size smaller than Sophia's setting. Xander weighs just about 20lbs and the middle setting fit him perfectly. I let him do his thing and a couple of hours later, went to change him because I smelled something "funny". He did poop, and it was gross, but it remained inside of the diaper! The waist and legs of this diaper fit him very well and help in the mess beautifully. It also rinsed very easily using my sprayer. This diaper definitely impressed me during the day!
I also tested this diaper at night on my little man. Since he's a boy, he tends to wet in the front. I did opt to use an additional insert again, like I always do for overnight use. When we put Xander to bed, he had just had his bath and a cup of milk. Now Xander doesn't have the heavy-wetting habits his big sister does, so I was fairly confident that we would have no leakage. The thing I was worried about were night time poops. Xander seems to always go in his sleep and most mornings, he wakes up in a soiled diaper. This was no exception! While he did make a big mess in his diaper, it stayed in the diaper. (Whew!) I love the fit of this diaper, as I can adjust it to be snug enough to keep everything in. Overnight use with the "Poop-Monster"? Success!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***